Salvia × sylvestris ‘Mainacht’

violet meadow sage, violet wood sage

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Synonyms: Salvia × sylvestris ‘May Night’

Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’

Outstanding Qualities

Spikes of mesmerizing blue-violet flowers in early summer make Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' very attractive to butterflies and bees as well as gardeners. This is one of the most popular cultivated salvias since its introduction more than 50 years ago. It is perfect for containers, perennial beds, and for fresh-cut flowers! Note: Salvia x sylvestris cultivars, along with one of its parents, Salvia nemorosa, can sometimes be mislabeled in the nursery trade so be sure to purchase from a nursery you trust.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: clumping perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: violet

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering or regularly for more lush growth and flowers

Seasonal Interest: flowers in early summer with a second flush later that season

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies

Resistant to: rabbits, deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, cream, red, silver, yellow

Great Color Partners: burgundy, purple, violet

Culture Notes
Violet meadow sage flowers best in full sun and grows most vigorously in a rich, well-draining soil, but it will tolerate clay and sandy sites as long as there is good drainage. Do not plant in water-logged locations. Once this evergreen perennial is established it will tolerate short periods of drought; however, regular to occasional watering during dry weather as well as cutting back the first flowering stalks once they are done will promote a second flush of blossoms later in the summer.
Geek Notes
German nurseryman Ernst Pagels introduced Salvia x sylvestris 'Mainacht' in 1956. 'Mainacht' translates from German to "May Night" in English. Salvia x sylvestris is a cross between S. nemorosa (native to western Asia including central Europe) and S. pratensis (native to western Asia, including Europe, and northern Africa).